Intense bouts of cardiorespiratory and muscular stress at high, but sub-maximal levels best mirror the most dangerous tactical and mountain situations.
We call this type of fitness “work capacity.”
Everything comes together during an intense Work Capacity Effort:
Work capacity efforts, both in the field and in the gym, can be single mode (one exercise i.e. sprinting) or multi-mode (2 or more exercises … i.e. lift/sprint/jump, repeat.)
Tactical Mission-Direct Work Capacity Event Examples:
Mountain Mission-Direct Work Capacity Event Examples:
Event Duration Variation
In terms of strength and conditioning program design, the duration of the work capacity events, and the modes/exercises deployed are important.
At MTI, we limit our work capacity event durations to 40 minutes. This is an artificial limit needed for structure and progression. In general, we feel fit athletes can burn hot for a max of 40 minutes, before pacing is required and the event changes from work capacity to endurance.
Programming various event durations below this 40-minute threshold is also important. Anecdotally, we’ve found programming all work capacity events for the same duration can create a “training scar” for athletes, which can affect performance when faced with shorter or longer events. For example, if we only program 10-minute work capacity events, we found our athletes don’t go hard enough when given a 5-minute event, and go too hard for a 30-minute event. Event duration variation helps prevent this.
Ultimate Work Capacity I deploys events of multiple durations …. 5 minute, 9 minute, 15 minute, 20 minute and 30-40 minute.
Modes which Transfer to the Mountain and Battlefield
All that matters is outside performance. On the fitness side, MTI aims to design programming which transfers to the mountain and battlefield.
In terms of work capacity, the “modes” or exercises, we chose for our events need to reflect the activities/challenges mountain and tactical athletes would likely face during the real thing. As a result, you’ll see an emphasis on sprinting/running, step ups, and other modes we feel transfer well in this cycle.
Ultimate Work Capacity I cycle brings together many of our most proven work capacity events for mountain and tactical athletes into a single, focused cycle, and is a response to athletes who express an interest in this type of plan.
This is a very intense, 6 day/week, 7-week training plan for a total of 42x training sessions (week 7 is an assessment/unload week) It is designed for fit athletes, who want to spend several weeks focused on training work capacity.
Can I get a peak at the training plan?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see a week’s work of training sessions from this training plan.
How can I be sure I’m fit enough for this plan?
This is an intense training plan, appropriate for fit athletes. Is it right for you? The way to test is to complete the Week’s worth of Sample Training under the Sample Training Tab.
I tried the sample training and got smoked. What should I do?
Option (1): continue with the plan, but take a day’s full rest between sessions for a week or two. Option (2) Start our stuff with the Bodyweight Foundation Training Plan. Then come back to this plan.
I looked at the Sample Training and found many exercises I didn’t recognize…..?
Unfamiliar Exercises can be found HERE at our Exercise Library.
I’ve never done this type of training!
This will be quite an adventure for you!! It will take a couple weeks to understand our language, learn the exercises and follow the training session flow. Don’t get frustrated and quit. Be patient and consistent. It’ll come and open up a whole new world of training methodology for you.
I don’t have a sandbag. What can I substitute?
Nothing. Be resourceful and build a sandbag.
I’m in the military. Should I actually run during the ruck 1.5 mile assessment and 800m intervals.
Yes. Run with your ruck.
I’m female soldier. Should I still use a 45# ruck?
What does 40/60# mean?
The first number is female loading. The second is male loading. Same is true for reps … so 4/8x Pull Ups = 4x for women, 8x for men.
What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This programmed is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.
Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run/Ruck Calculator is listed as an exercise.
What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.
Can I see sample training?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
Questions? Email email@example.com
Below is Week 1 from this Training Plan:
Obj: Work Capacity
(1) Run 1.5 Miles for Time
(1) Ruck Run 1.5 Miles for Time @ 45# Plus 10# Dumbbell or Sledge Hammer
RECORD FINISH TIME
(2) For Time:
Part (1) - It’s up to the athlete if you want to run the 1.5 mile assessment unloaded, or ruck run it @45# plus a 10# sledge or dumbbell. Military/SWAT/Wildland? - You should ruck run.
Obj: Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity
(1) 8 Rounds
(2) 20 Minute Grind…
(3) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back
(1) 4 Rounds
(2) 18 Minutes Step Ups for Reps @ 25# Pack or Weight Vest
- Use 15-17” bench or step
RECORD FINAL REPS
(1) 17 Rounds, Every Minute on the Minute ....
Faster you finish your shuttles, the more rest you get before the next round.
(3) Foam Roll Legs/Low Back
Part (2) - set a countdown timer for 1 min, 40 seconds. On “go” sprint back and forth between 2x cones set 25m (82 ft) apart. Touch the line at each turn. 6x lengths = 3x Round Trips.
(1) Run 5 Miles at “Easy Per Mile Pace” using SESSION 1’s 1.5-Mile Run Time and the Running Interval Calculator
Or … if you completed a 1.5 mile Ruck Run assessment for SESSION 1,
(1) Ruck Run Run 5 Miles at “Easy Per Mile Pace” using SESSION 1’s 1.5-Mile Ruck Time and the Ruck Interval Calculator.
Ruck @45# Plus 10# Dumbbell or Sledge Hammer
Complete Bodyweight Foundation Training Plan
"This is a total body strength and conditioning training program. It includes strength training for your lower body, upper body and core, as well power training and aerobic endurance." - Rob
By Rob Shaul
I received notes frequently from athletes hesitant to purchase a subscription or training plans asking me to sell them on why they should make the purchase.
While I understand the question, I’m not a salesman - so I can't put a hard sale on anyone for our programming.
I can tell them the process we go through to design our programming.
We begin with extensive research on the fitness demands of the event, identify the exercises and progressions which sport specifically meet those demands, chose end-of-cycle goals, and program backward to design the plan.
Then we test the cycle on ourselves and our lab rats here in Wyoming. We document, note what works and doesn’t work, re-assess, and make changes and modifications.
Then we publish the programming in the form of one of our plans or as part of our subscription daily training sessions for tactical and mountain athletes.
We don’t stop there - our daily programming is the “tip of the spear” for our programming evolution. We use these sessions to learn and make continuous improvement.
As we learn more and improve, we go back, and update the sport-specific training plans on the website. For example, we’re currently on Version 5 of our Ruck Based Selection Training Plan and Version 3 of our Dryland Ski Training Plan and Version 4 of our Big Game Back Country Hunting Training Plan.
We understand our programing isn’t cheap, but we believe it’s a great value. The $79 for the Ruck Based Selection Training Plan, and $39 for the Dryland Ski Training Plan reflect the, research, work, innovative theory, iteration, testing and feedback we've put in and received to make these plans effective.
All that matters for us is outside performance, and we feel strongly that Our Stuff Works in the real world.
Here’s our guarantee:
1) Individual Training Plan Purchase:
If you purchase an individual training plan, follow it as prescribed before your season/event/pft/selection, and if you don’t feel you were physically ready for your season/event/pft/selection, and/or didn't see dramatic improvements in your early season performance, we’ll refund your money, no questions asked.
2) Athlete's Subscription
If you purchase an Athletes' Subscription, follow the training sessions as prescribed, and are not satisfied with the quality of the programming, notify us within 30 days of purchase, and we'll refund your money, no questions asked.